Hi! Jeena Belil, Long Island Accident and Injury Attorney, here, and I’m going to talk to you today about some of the reasons why claim representatives will minimize the value of your case. One of them is because they don’t understand what certain types of medical treatment is. And I can tell you that I just went through a specific medical treatment that I know that claim representatives are going to try to minimize.
It just so happens that a couple of my clients went through a procedure known as PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma injections. This is a procedure actually, where a doctor takes your own blood, puts it into a centrifuge and pulls out your own plasma to treat a tear or, or certain types of pain in your body. And a couple of my clients have had them done on their shoulders for tears, their knees for tears, and one of them even on their ankle. So, I figured I’m going to try this procedure.
I have a small tear in my plantar fascia in the bottom of my foot. And since I heard that this was so effective for my clients, I was going to try it out. So, I went to my doctor and I had this procedure done. And let me tell you something, it IS a surgical procedure, no doubt. The doctor takes the blood out of your arm, puts it in the centrifuge for 14 minutes. Oh, and let me tell you something before this procedure even takes place? I had to prep for two weeks before the injection appointment. No ibuprofen at all during that time. I had a list of medications and over-the-counter pills that I was not allowed to take. And I’m in pain! How am I supposed to live with this? So, the blood is taken out, it’s in the centrifuge for a bit. Then they lay me on my back and they do a sonogram on my foot. No anesthesia whatsoever is provided other than some topical anesthetic, some lidocaine, and then? PURE PAIN! Pure pain from this injection going into your foot.
But, a claim representative is going to say it was just an injection. It was just an injection, REALLY? This injection is considered a surgical procedure under all of the all of the billing guidelines that that medical billing offices use. It is definitely a surgical procedure and should be valued as such. So, don’t let any claim representative on your case minimize your claim. Call me for a free consultation. You can contact me by phone or through my website at www.longislandaccidentlawyer.com See you next time!